I stopped by the new Farmer Joe's in Oakland on Fruitvale and MacArthur and was pleasantly surprised. Just wanted to drop by a quick report.
There is a vast supply of fresh produce both regular and organic that you can choose from. The quality of the fruits and vegetables seem to be good and fresh. There was lots more than just the run of the mill Safeway selection such as morel mushrooms and such. They also have an olive oil bar, which was closed by the time I got there. It is a large size grocery so they have household items as well such as detergent and such. Their international section was a little small, though they do have a very small British food section. There is a fresh meat counter that feature Niman Ranch beef, but a very small seafood selection. You can also pick up sushi and burritos (I'll have to try the burritos out later).
All in all it was a mix of Trader Joe's meets Peidmont Grocery with good prices. Even though it was crowded, the lines went by quickly. The parking lot is a little congested, but we shall see after all the opening excitement dies down. I wonder how the original Farmer Joe's location will fare since this one is just down a few blocks from it. Time will tell, but it's great to have more quality groceries available in Oakland.
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